Hobbies treadle fretworking machine

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index
Exhibit

Hobbies treadle fretworking machine

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location:
Arch Four , Area 74
Arch Four, Overhead

A treadle-powered fretworking machine, made by "Hobbies".

These machines made fretworking much easier than "doing it by hand" with a hand-held fretsaw: The work was held on a solid flat bed, and the user could use both hands to slowly and accurately move the marked-up wood while it was being cut, with their foot providing the cutting power.